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5 minutes ago, Gardner Barnes said:

Just saw Be More Pacific up on Anderson is gone. I liked it. My wife hated it.

Same here.  I was a fan, but only went twice because the wife genuinely hated it.

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On 6/10/2020 at 11:48 AM, 4th&Five said:

Three Red River music venues and bars are closing permanently in Austin, due to business hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic: indie music venue Barracuda, dance club and DJ spot Plush, and hip-hop venue Scratchouse.

This sucks, saw lots of great music on Red River in my younger days but between the ARCH Center and Covid-19 and being the epicenter of protests, this was inevitable.  Cold comfort to them but that Plush lasted almost 20 years is incredible.  A friend of mine DJ'd there when they first opened around 2002 or so and I never thought they'd make it, but kudos to them for making it this long.  Hope they get something else going somewhere else around Austin when the dust settles.  

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Know one of the be more pacific owners through friends. They recently opened another in Houston, which turned out to be terrible timing. I’ll try to see if they are both closing or if they had to choose between the two.

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I thought the meat quality at Be More Pacific was some of the worst I have seen outside of fast food.

That is why my wife hated it. Said the beef she got was slimy and gross. The menu said it was brisket but to me it looked like they were using chuck.

I had some kind of fried rice that was good -but you can't really fuck that up.

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The Zip-In across the street from Be More Pacific has closed too. The whole area is falling apart! 

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As long as the ice rink and pipes plus are still around I’m cool.
What league you in?

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On 5/18/2020 at 4:10 PM, Kermit said:

Sky Cinema in Dripping just closed shop. Fucking loved that place. 

Siap... Think I read that another group is taking over the Sky Cinema and plans to re-open...

 

Edit...  Evo Takes Over Former Sky Cinema in Dripping Springs

14-screen theater to become micro-chain's seventh location

https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/screens/2020-06-09/evo-takes-over-former-sky-cinema-in-dripping-springs/

Edited by LTtxfan

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11 hours ago, 3adays said:

The Zip-In across the street from Be More Pacific has closed too. The whole area is falling apart! 

If Cabo Bobs closes, I might lose my shit

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The Zip-In across the street from Be More Pacific has closed too. The whole area is falling apart! 

That store survived on lottery sales. Apparently no one is buying tickets because the Powerball and Mega Million jackpots have been hanging around the base jackpot of $20M.

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30 minutes ago, CooterBrown said:


That store survived on lottery sales. Apparently no one is buying tickets because the Powerball and Mega Million jackpots have been hanging around the base jackpot of $20M.

Somebody won one of the jackpots for over 400 million this week so it reset. I would guess that sales are down though.

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On 6/12/2020 at 10:36 AM, ChickenSandwich said:

Anyone heard anything about Dirtys?  Still closed. Phone number not accepting calls. 

I would really really hate to lose Dirty's

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6 hours ago, swraith said:

I always see people in the Cabo bob’s on Anderson. I would be surprised if it closed.

Yeah, I personally keep them in business.

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4 hours ago, trauma babe said:

I would really really hate to lose Dirty's

My 10 yr old son would be devastated if they close. That and The Tavern are his favorite burger spots. 

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In Austin, Food & Wine named Nixta Taqueria among those remarkable restaurants. The unassuming East Austin eatery, tucked away on East 12th Street in Rosewood, opened in October 2019 and has since become one of the buzziest hot spots in the city. 

The magazine calls co-owners Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi's decision to open a taco spot in Austin "bold" and praises chef Rico's homemade tortillas made by grinding heirloom corn in-house. "I would pay a very large sum of money to once again spend an afternoon tearing through a plate of duck confit tacos at Nixta Taqueria in Austin," Shah writes. 

Nixta has also had its share of pandemic-induced difficulties. Just a few months into a successful launch, COVID-19 gripped the city, causing the pair to pivot to a take-out only model.

 

"Though they are surviving for now," Shah writes, "Mardanbigi says she feels like they are operating on borrowed time: 'It makes planning for the future really hard.'"

https://austin.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/06-17-20-food-wine-nixta-taqueria-best-new-restaurant-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2YuuAqs_4ntgnU25HcgsoKyFVXEzVYs5zKQQJJPgrLI9OgYESHjvMtgys

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3 hours ago, Michael Knight said:

After the popular and beloved Tex-Mex restaurant Enchiladas y Mas closed after 26 years of service in April, the restaurant is coming back in the Crestview neighborhood on 1911 West Anderson Lane this summer.

 

 

https://austin.eater.com/2020/6/17/21294498/austin-tex-mex-restaurant-enchiladas-y-mas-reopening-summer

Any pictures of Eva and Carmen Hernandez? I know I know one of them but I want to be sure.

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Know one of the be more pacific owners through friends. They recently opened another in Houston, which turned out to be terrible timing. I’ll try to see if they are both closing or if they had to choose between the two.
We're friends with one of the owners. They're not going to reopen Austin. They're betting on Houston

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Add Daruma Ramen on E 6th to the list. Damn shame, I always like their Ramen. 

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On 6/12/2020 at 10:36 AM, ChickenSandwich said:

Anyone heard anything about Dirtys?  Still closed. Phone number not accepting calls. 

Posted last night on their FB page:

Hello Friends,

Many of you have been inquiring about when will we reopen. As much as we would like to say tomorrow, we have decided to prolong the reopening until the beginning of August. Bottom line is we need to be able to operate profitable to be able to stay in business.

With that said, we are shooting for Saturday, August 1st for the official reopening of Dirty Martin’s. We cannot wait for early August to fire up the grill again and welcome y’all back, our staff certainly missed seeing all of our beloved customers. So until then, hope y’all are having an enjoyable summer and don’t forget to “kum-bak” to Dirty’s in August!
🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔

Team Dirty’

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Fixe just posted on Instagram that an employee tested positive for CV19 so they are shutting down to deep clean etc

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59 minutes ago, DalTxHornFan said:

Posted last night on their FB page:

Hello Friends,

Many of you have been inquiring about when will we reopen. As much as we would like to say tomorrow, we have decided to prolong the reopening until the beginning of August. Bottom line is we need to be able to operate profitable to be able to stay in business.

With that said, we are shooting for Saturday, August 1st for the official reopening of Dirty Martin’s. We cannot wait for early August to fire up the grill again and welcome y’all back, our staff certainly missed seeing all of our beloved customers. So until then, hope y’all are having an enjoyable summer and don’t forget to “kum-bak” to Dirty’s in August!
🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔🤘🍔

Team Dirty’

So does Dirty’s own the dirt? Hard to believe a place like that which leases could shut down for so long without folding.

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22 hours ago, TonyTexas said:

SIAP. This study says up to 85% of independent restaurants may fail. Granted this report was commissioned by a restaurant coalition looking for some Fed bailout, it’s still sobering. 
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/chrisfurnari/2020/06/16/report-without-federal-aid-85-of-independent-restaurants-could-permanently-close/amp/

Wow, if even close.

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3 hours ago, South Austin said:

So does Dirty’s own the dirt? Hard to believe a place like that which leases could shut down for so long without folding.

That property has been owned by Mark Nemir's family for a couple of generations.

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Gourdough’s Public House, a food trailer-turned-restaurant known for extravagant doughnuts, on June 22 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

It’s just the latest restaurant to hit tough times during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has depressed sales across the industry and created uncertainty about when diners will feel safe packing into dining rooms again. But the filings also show that Gourdough's was hindered by an ambitious San Antonio expansion that never lived up to expectations.

“Covid and other business factors have forced an Austin business that was otherwise thriving to have to restructure its debt and other obligations,” said Kareem Hajjar, partner at Hajjar Peters LLP, the Austin law firm representing Gourdough's in the bankruptcy filings. “They have some substantial debt and debt service that got to be too much to try to carry due to diminished sales due to Covid.”

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brutal day of layoffs at the Alamo Drafthouse, as over 80 employees have been laid off as the Austin-based cinema chain further cuts costs in the middle of the pandemic.

Rumors of the layoffs began this morning, and were confirmed over social media by several employees. This evening, the Drafthouse issued this statement:

As we’ve looked at the road ahead, it’s become increasingly clear that many positions at Alamo Drafthouse would need to be eliminated, changed, or refocused. This is a devastating step to take. It would be impossible to quantify what these Alamo Drafthouse team members have collectively contributed, and we hope that once things have stabilized, we’ll be able to bring many of them back.

 

https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/screens/2020-07-01/alamo-drafthouse-lays-off-furloughed-staff/

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yeah, Im not sure theaters as a whole are going to survive this at all.  Im really starting to think this psuedo shelter-in-place is going to go on for another 6+ months.

The only way to socially distance yourself in a theater is to set the seating spots in a 6 foot diamond pattern  which in most cases means you cant have anyone within 2 rows of you front or back, and at least 4 seats over.  

Although remembering a lot of the Alamo theather set ups, they may be able to seat every other row because of the food table in front giving you the 6ft needed.  But still the largest  Alamo theater is like 12 rows and 20 seats per row.  meaning at best the most they could fit in a showing is roughly 35 people.  if you allow couples to sit together you might be able to fir around 48.

However,  their normal 7 row  x 16 seat per row theaters can only sit around 16-24 depending on the number of couples. 

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And there aren't any movies being made right now. So a year from now, even if people are ready to go back to the movies (doubtful) there won't be any new releases. 

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5 hours ago, ftf82 said:

And there aren't any movies being made right now. So a year from now, even if people are ready to go back to the movies (doubtful) there won't be any new releases. 

Although in theory it would be cool to go see some really good older movies in the theater.

Especially at the Alamo where they really know how to do special events that go along with the movies.

Like this for example...

https://drafthouse.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-lord-of-the-rings-feast-2020

Faithful friends from lands near and far! You've been waiting for it, and now we are happy to announce that the THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY FEAST is back in 2020!

Join us at 10am on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz for an epic day of watching, eating, and celebrating Hobbit-style. We'll screen the entire LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy (the extended cuts of all three films!) all while eating our way through seven(!) courses of delicious food inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth served at every Hobbit mealtime.

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Just got wind that Bert's BBQ is shutting down for good today. Grab a T-Man while you can!

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13 minutes ago, taco said:

Just got wind that Bert's BBQ is shutting down for good today. Grab a T-Man while you can!

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SHIT.  When is their last day?

FUCK THAT SHIT.

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23 minutes ago, taco said:

Just got wind that Bert's BBQ is shutting down for good today. Grab a T-Man while you can!

Wait, just the one in West Campus, or the Far West location too?!?!?!?!?

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27 minutes ago, taco said:

Just got wind that Bert's BBQ is shutting down for good today. Grab a T-Man while you can!

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Had mine last week. RIP

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5 minutes ago, South Austin said:

Wait, just the one in West Campus, or the Far West location too?!?!?!?!?

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Just campus was what I read last. 

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Just campus was what I read last. 
Confirmed at lunch, just the west campus location.

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The Anderson Lane location of Jack Allen's announced they are closing for the foreseeable future.    

Not that they officially are closed/closed, but they dont have plans to reopen for multiple months.

 

they said that they had no employees who tested positive, but that they had several employees who might have been exposed elsewhere but its taking way too long to get testing completed to allow them back in the restaurant.

 

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Yikes. 

Numbers do check out -- you stay closed for year or more, it's hard to stay in business.

Survey predicts 90 percent of Austin live music venues to close by Halloween

 

The survey, which was commissioned by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the Central Texas for Business Task Force, found that bars and live music venues in Austin are the most at risk for closure due to the pandemic.

Among other findings:

  • 62 percent of music venues said they would survive four months or less of continued closure
  • 19 percent of music venues were able to pay their full June rent, with 67 percent paying less than half of their rent balance
  • 83 percent of music venues laid off their full-time employees
  • 79 percent of music venues suspended payments to vendors, suppliers and landlords

The survey’s summary noted Halloween as the likely milestone by which a majority of Austin’s bars and live music venues will be closed for good.

Members of the task force and other involved parties received the data at an online session last Wednesday, with live music advocates hoping the findings will strengthen their push for economic aid specifically designated for live music venues that have an average monthly overhead of $40,000.

“Live music venues are far and away skyrocketing to the top of every category in terms of hardest hit, eminent closure, layoffs, trickle-down effects to the rest of the economy in the form of taxes and vendor contracts,” said Rebecca Reynolds, head of the Music Venue Alliance in Austin.

 

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